Is that dog looking at you? Research shows
that even wolves are attuned to the attention
of human faces. Is it getting closer?
You’re a social animal, other animals can make you
feel better about the world. I didn’t run away,
I’m just walking reads a note pinned by a person
now too old to ride to the halter of a horse out
wandering so no one will think she has wandered
too far. Sure we could converse with the birds
in our garden, once upon a time we thought
all animals were the same but they’re not.
You might find yourself wondering is this dog
even listening to me? The range of human hearing
almost completely matches that of birdsong.
Confirm humanity instructs the machine
making into code the data you feed it of yourself.
Does this dog even care? Maintain eye contact.
In the case of actual wolves, just use
your normal voice. In the entire kingdom,
not a single animal turns off its hearing at night.